A glimpse into the effects of the University of Guelph Aboriginal Initiative Last March, the University of Guelph announced it would be hiring five new Aboriginal professors and increase financial support for Indigenous scholars and graduate students. “This initiative will…

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January 26, 2017

‘Shame and sadness’ stirred by Indigenous Blanket Exercise

Jim Lindsay, sub-region representative for KAIROS Grey-Bruce, Wellington and Dufferin County, says the Indigenous Blanket Exercise held at St. Mark’s Church in Orangeville on Sunday afternoon was very successful – drawing a capacity crowd of about 70 participants. Centred on…

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January 13, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Gladue Summit, Thunder Bay

“A very generous and talented videographer created this short video of the Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise I co-facilitated in Thunder Bay on November 29, 2016 for 100+ participants at the Gladue Summit, which was organized by the Ministry of the…

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January 12, 2017

First-year Law Students Participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Interactive exercise walks law students through history as they learn how Canadian law throughout the years has affected Indigenous individuals and communities. Photo (L to R): Blanket exercise facilitators Jodi Stonehouse, Koren Lightning-Earle and Dr. Tracy Bear, pictured here with…

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January 11, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise deepens RCMP Alberta Division’s cultural awareness

Marilyn McSporran couldn’t forget the moment years ago when one of her husband’s colleagues in the RCMP made an ugly remark about Indigenous peoples. When an Elder in Saddle Lake, Alberta gently encouraged her to introduce the KAIROS Blanket Exercise…

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December 27, 2016

KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training in January 2017

These sessions prepare you to lead the Blanket Exercise, a powerful teaching tool to foster truth and reconciliation. When and Where: Upcoming Facilitator Training: KAIROS Blanket Exercise Toronto Facilitator Training Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Coffee and…

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December 26, 2016

Students learn indigenous history by reenacting colonization in unique blanket exercise

Blankets, a script and a circle of people provides a powerful lesson to classes from the Toronto Catholic board The blankets represent Turtle Island (North America) before the exercise. As part of its endeavour to get students to learn history…

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December 15, 2016

National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

For the past two years, after having followed a training course with KAIROS — of which Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is a member — I have the honour and privilege of being able to facilitate “the Blanket Exercise”…

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November 16, 2016

Forum highlights importance of treaties

A committee organizing a local effort marking Treaties Recognition Week will hold a forum on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodland Cultural Centre on Mohawk Street. The Ontario government has passed legislation recognizing the importance of…

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October 26, 2016

KAIROS Blanket Exercise brings understanding and empathy

Participants take part in a blanket exercise, an interactive learning experience that teaches indigenous rights history, at the St. Albert United Church. “Those with blue cards, please step off the blankets.” And with those words, I was asked to take…

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